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Pond life is fascinating! Create a realistic scene that's teeming with plant and animal life.
Have students search for information and pictures about life in and around a pond. Visit local ponds to sketch life you see in the water and nearby. Identify all plant and animal life. Find out what happens to pond life during harsh weather conditions such as droughts and prolonged freezes.
Students paint a realistic pond scene, above and below the water. The pond can be a real or an imaginary pond in a different climate. Choose a specific season to accurately represent. With a Crayola® Erasable Colored Pencil, divide a large piece of construction paper in half lengthwise.
Below the Pond: Students cover their art area with recycled newspaper. Use Crayola Washable Watercolors and Watercolor Brushes to create an underwater scene on the lower half of your paper. Will the scene be murky with polluting particles, or fresh and clear? To paint a watery scene, make the paper wet before beginning. Paint the water with a wash of color. Dry.
Paint items that found under the water such as crayfish, turtles, snakes, wood, rocks, fish, amphibians, insects, and plants. Dry.
Above the Pond: Students use colored pencils to create a background scene of life above the water. Include birds, animals, trees, sky, flowers, insects, frogs, lily pads, and perhaps a tree stump sticking out of the water.
Label each item in the pond scene. Mount the picture on construction paper with a Crayola Glue Stick. Use colors that accentuate the sky and water.